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Victoria Johnston’s Debut Singles Shortlisted for upcoming Grammy Awards and her New Single release ‘Land of Hope’ reaches No.1 on iTunes World Charts

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She is already being hailed as the next Enya” – HotPress Magazine

“A stunning Irish talent spreading a powerful message that is needed now more than ever” – 98FM’s Rebecca Shekleton 

“It’s a rare gem of a song, like a full moon on a clear night it holds your attention and the memory stays with you.” – Martin Bridgeman KCLR

‘Land of Hope’ is the new single by #1 Chart-Topping Irish singer and award-winning composer Victoria Johnston, and was released on Friday 9th October 2020 across all digital platforms.

Land of Hope spent four days at No.1 in the World Charts on iTunes and reached No.3 in the overall TOP 10 iTunes Charts in Ireland.

The single follows on from Victoria’s Debut Double ‘A’ Single release (March 2020) ‘Tar Liom’ and ‘You Are The Peace’. The songs reached National acclaim and were played across Irish Radio on BBC Radio Ulster, Rte Radio 1, Rte RnaG, Spirit Radio and many more stations. Both debut singles also went straight to #1 in the overall iTunes Charts in Ireland, and are now both shortlisted for ‘Song of the Year’ in the upcoming 63rd Grammy Awards. 

Victoria Johnston’s latest single ‘Land of Hope’ is co-produced by GRAMMY nominated Producer Denis Woods (Clannad, Enya, AC/DC), Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Sing Street, Vikings), and multi-instrumentalist Oisín Walsh-Peelo/ O Deer (Hudson Taylor, and also support act for Hozier on his US tour).

Speaking about her new single ‘Land of Hope’, Victoria Johnston states that

“Even in our darkest hour, when we find ourselves journeying through times of immense uncertainty, loss and grief, there is always hope, peace and a brighter future to be found.”

On launching her solo career at the start of 2020, Hotpress Magazine double-featured Victoria Johnston as ‘New Artist’ and ‘New Music’ to watch for in 2020.

Victoria Johnston’s new single ‘Land of Hope’ is OUT NOW on all digital platforms.

Additional information:

Victoria, a classically trained singer, pianist and composer from Dublin, Ireland, began her classical music training at the Royal Irish Academy of Music at the age of 9 where she received annual scholarships. She continued her music training in college and holds a BMus Degree in Composition from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and also an MPhil in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Trinity College Dublin.

Online social media links below:

www.victoriajohnstonofficial.com

Instagram: @victoriajohnstonofficial

Facebook: @victoriajohnstonofficial

Lewis Barfoot Announces New Single ‘Fisherman’ To Be Released Nov 6th

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Fisherman is the new single by Irish/English singer and multi-instrumentalist Lewis Barfoot, set to be released on 6th November 2020. The lead single is taken from upcoming album Glenaphuca due in March 2021.

The ethereal song weaves a splendid tapestry of storytelling at its very finest and is accompanied by a stunning animated music video made by acclaimed Korean visual artist Narae Kim, which will premiere at the prestigious Cork International Film Festival in November 2020.

Fisherman is an autobiographical song that speaks of Lewis’ call to Ireland and her wish to unearth the legacy of her family. Setting her luminous voice against a backdrop of gently interweaving cello and clarinet, the song is intended to represent a siren-like call to Ireland with an ethereal phrase from the traditional Irish song Dúlamán.

The use of the traditional tune hypnotically captures the mystery of the ocean’s ancient call before building into a joyous finale, with multilayered evocative vocals and a playful reprise of the air Dúlamán as performed on fiddle by Scottish musician Elisabeth Flett.

Fisherman was produced by Lewis, recorded at Soup Studios, London and mastered by Pete Maher and features guest musicians Elisabeth Flett (Fiddle) Matt Dibble (Clarinet) Hannah Thomas (Cello) and Ansuman Biswas (Percussion).

Having cut her teeth on the London folk circuit, appearing regularly for institutions such as Nest Collective, Lewis has recently moved back to her maternal home of Ireland and is happily settled in Cork. Fisherman perfectly echoes the reconnection with Ireland.

To find out more about Lewsi Barfoot please see: http://www.lewisbarfoot.com/

You can follow her on social media here: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

 

Bernadette Morris Announces New Single ‘These Ruins’ Oct 30th

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Following the success of her widely acclaimed debut album, ‘All The Ways You Wander’, and subsequent release ‘Where the Heart is’, County Tyrone born singer and musician, Bernadette Morris is set to launch her brand new single ‘These Ruins’ on October 30th.

This track was inspired by a trip to Budapest, where old houses have been resurrected as bars and restaurants, the ruin bars – where the remnants of the old houses still remain.   A co- write with Mark McCambridge AKA Arborist, the two imagined an old house with memories and relics left untouched for many years. The song is about knocking the house down and rebuilding on the foundations of good memories and sentiments that remain from the former residents.

With a new album release set for late 2020, Morris has attracted collaborations a group of highly accomplished musicians and songwriters, including co-writes with Eleanor McEvoy, Johnny Brady and Ríoghnach Connolly.

For further information on Bernadette please go to: www.bernadettemorris.com

Limerick Pop R’n’B Songstress Michelle Grimes Set To Release New Single ‘Going, Going, Gone’ On Oct 22nd

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Hailing from Limerick, the Irish city that is producing some of the top talents in the country at the minute, multi-instrumentalist (piano, accordion and guitar!) Michelle Grimes arrives on the scene with a voice, panache and Pop / R’n’B sensibility that instantly sets her apart from her musical peers.

No stranger to the stage, Michelle has performed in Trafalgar Square to over 20,000 spectators as part of ‘Pride in London’, has sung for the King and Queen of Belgium as well as singing for The Taoiseach and the U.S Presidential party in June last year when they visited Ireland.

Michelle also counts well known celebrities as fans, the likes of Denise Van Outen described her vocal tone as simply ‘gorgeous’. Louis Walsh described her as a pure popstar who ticks all the boxes and Simon Cowell gave her the thumbs up himself!

Sounding like a hybrid of her musical influences Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa and Beyoncé, Grimes delivers a pop gem on her new single ‘Going Going Gone’.

This song is about being deeply in love. It speaks about finding a love so strong it is almost transcendent. ‘Going Going Gone’ refers to going past the point of no return in a relationship, where you realise you are completely head over heels for this person.

Grimes says: “I absolutely love ‘love’! and writing this song was such a fun and creative experience. To me, this song is essentially a modern-day love song with a strong beat and good vibe”.

‘Going Going Gone’ was Mixed by Ben Wanders and mastered by Richard at Wav Mastering and is set for release on Oct 22nd, across all digital platforms.

Link to Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/michellegrimesofficial/

Link to YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdoV2fOmW-XTlYIwPyY33rA

 

Sofia Zaros Releases New Single ‘My Tomorrow’ During Lockdown

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From performing in New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall to being a special guest of the Italian Ambassador to sing the National Anthem at a Gala in Singapore, Irish Italian Sofia Zaros is no stranger to the spot light. However she is an artist and singer who has missed the steady flow of live performances over Covid, which has inspired her latest song ‘My Tomorrow’.

Fellow lumineer’s who inspire her, include Lewis Capaldi, Sam Smith, Imagine Dragons, Ariana Grande, Aurora, Lin Manuel Miranda, Ed Sheeran. Such influences can be heard on her music. She started writing songs at the age of 12 and has written eight songs in English and two in Italian. Through her songs Sofia reflects on the world around her, on her personal experiences as well as universal themes. Her songs express a strong sense of independence and optimism.

In 2020, during the lockdown, she was chosen to sing the “International Dance Teachers Association” (IDTA) anthem along with other select artists. With her unique timbre and a natural vibrato, Sofia enjoys singing both pop songs and musicals.

When she was just 18 months old she walked on a stage, grabbed a microphone and vocalised My Heart Will Go On. She started singing in public when she was 8 and she currently studies singing, piano, songwriting and ballet. She attended lessons with the Japanese soprano Satsuki Nagatome and the vocal coach Cheryl Porter; most recently she has studied with Loretta Martinez.

‘My Tomorrow’ is out now on all digital platforms and was recorded at the AP Recording Studios in Dublin.

For more info please see: www.sofiazaros.com

 

Tabloid TV Release New Single ‘Runaways’ Sept 24th

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‘Runaways’, the lead single from TabloidTv’s debut LP “Homecoming”(Oct 23rd) is something of an outlier, unlike the dance along drumbeat and jangly indie guitar which hall marked their 2018 EP “First Night Last Night” (and which typifies the rest of their debut LP), “Runaways” plays out softer, relying on a repeated riff from guitarist Ian Rankin and Ruairi Higgins vocals.

The track uses simple lyrics about youth and wanting to escape and gradually builds to the sort of crescendo that the killers and Sharon Van Etten have made careers out of…

Recorded in Darklands Audio with Dan Doherty (Fontaine’s D.C, Vulpynes, The Family Knife) in early 2019 and mastered by Pete Maher (U2, The Pixies, Nick Cave). ‘Runaways’ is the sound of a band ready to be heard at last.    

Check out the track below:

 

Maria Byrne Announces New Track ‘SLEEP’ Out Oct 16th 2020

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Cork born Singer Songwriter Maria Byrne returns with new track ‘Sleep’. Having upped sticks and returned home to her native Cobh County Cork Maria Byrne kicked off the latest phase in her career by having a baby and releasing a classic cover version of a Genesis song ‘Follow you follow me’. The track was recorded with friend and music producer Richard Coulson in his home studio in London, never expecting anyone to hear it. The song went on to be used on the Bank Of Ireland ad, the charm and buzz from ‘Follow You Follow Me’ was everywhere last year reaching millions of listeners Nationwide.

“Beautiful music”– Huw Stephens – BBC Radio 1

“Lovely songs… Greg James and I stand shoulder to shoulder in the Maria Byrne fan club”– Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“Beautiful emotive music with captivating melodies” – Edith Bowman, BBC Radio

Fast forward a year and Maria returns with a beautiful original track ‘Sleep’ which is designed to pull on the heart strings. 

Beginning her musical journey when she moved to London in 2006, it wasn’t until 2009, that Maria released her debut EP ‘All You Need’ which was received by critical acclaim. This was followed in 2012 with LP ‘Little Basement’ and a mini album ‘Back To You’ in 2014. She recorded all her music in Dublin with renowned Irish producer Karl Odlum (Mic Christopher, Fionn Regan, David Kitt).

Maria’s songs have since made their way to National UK & Irish radio coverage thanks to Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2, Huw Stephens and Rob Da Bank on BBC Radio 1 and in Ireland Alison Curtis on Today FM and John Creedon on RTE Radio 1, and Eve Blair on BBC Radio Ulster to name but a few.

Maria cites inspiration from Irish musical heroes such as Bell X1, Mark Geary and Gemma Hayes as well as Americana/Folk heroes Gillian Welch and the late John Prine. You can definitely hear the influences sonically on her new single ‘Sleep’ which is out Oct 16th across all digital platforms. 

Check out the official video here:

Links:

https://www.instagram.com/mariabyrnemusic/

https://www.facebook.com/mariabyrnemusic

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Victoria Johnston Announces New Single ‘Land Of Hope’ & News of her GRAMMY Nomination Consideration!

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“She is already being hailed as the next Enya” – HotPress Magazine

“A stunning Irish talent spreading a powerful message that is needed now more than ever” – 98FM’s Rebecca Shekleton 

“It’s a rare gem of a song, like a full moon on a clear night it holds your attention and the memory stays with you.” – Martin Bridgeman KCLR

‘Land of Hope’ is the new single by #1 Chart-Topping Irish singer and award-winning composer Victoria Johnston, and will be released on Friday 9th October 2020 across all digital platforms.

The single follows on from Victoria’s Debut Double ‘A’ Single release (March 2020) ‘Tar Liom’ and ‘You Are The Peace’. The songs reached National acclaim and were played across Irish Radio on BBC Radio Ulster, Rte Radio 1, Rte RnaG, Spirit Radio and many more stations. Both debut singles also went straight to #1 in the overall iTunes Charts in Ireland, and are now being considered for 4 GRAMMY nominations in the upcoming 63rd GRAMMY Awards.

Victoria Johnston’s upcoming single ‘Land of Hope’ is co-produced by GRAMMY nominated Producer Denis Woods (Clannad, Enya, AC/DC), Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Sing Street, Vikings), and multi-instrumentalist Oisín Walsh-Peelo/ O Deer (Hudson Taylor, and also support act for Hozier on his US tour).

Speaking about her new single ‘Land of Hope’, Victoria Johnston states that

“Even in our darkest hour, when we find ourselves journeying through times of immense uncertainty, loss and grief, there is always hope, peace and a brighter future to be found.”

On launching her solo career at the start of 2020, Hotpress Magazine double-featured Victoria Johnston as ‘New Artist’ and ‘New Music’ to watch for in 2020.

Victoria Johnston’s new single ‘Land of Hope’ is released on Friday 9th October 2020. 

Additional information:

Victoria, a classically trained singer, pianist and composer from Dublin, Ireland, began her classical music training at the Royal Irish Academy of Music at the age of 9 where she received annual scholarships. She continued her music training in college and holds a BMus Degree in Composition from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and also an MPhil in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Trinity College Dublin.

Online social media links below:

www.victoriajohnstonofficial.com

Instagram: @victoriajohnstonofficial

Facebook: @victoriajohnstonofficial

Twitter: @victoria_jmusic

 

 

Donna Bissett Announces New Single ‘Get Down’ Set For Release On Oct 2nd 2020

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There is a new diva in town and it’s time to let the hair and shoulders down and dance, sing and move along to the instantly catchy new single from Ireland’s new Pop-Soul princess; Donna Bissett.

Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, it was clear from a young age that Donna loved to sing and dance. At age 4 she joined the prestigious Billie Barry Stage School. Having loved the crowd’s appraisal from the get-go, she was hooked and set out on a career path in entertainment from dance, theatre and musical performance.

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Donna has been singing professionally for the last 14 years. From singing and dancing in the Eurovision, performing on various theatre productions and corporate shows around the world, she has become a seasoned and capable performer known for her energetic powerhouse live performances where she owns the stage with her presence and prowess. 

Eventually, her creative journey arrived at songwriting where she has honed in her skillset over the last number of years.

Donna set out recording a number of songs in Camden Recording studios alongside internationally acclaimed Irish pianist, composer, arranger, songwriter and producer Cian Boylan.

Being heavily influenced by big vocal legendary voices and bands such as Sister Sledge, The Isley Brothers, Alicia Keys, The Eagles, Dua Lipa, George Michael, Earth Wind and Fire, Chic, Chaka Khan and India Arie, Bissett’s sound can be described as a fusion of Pop R’n’B Soul Funk with Motown influences.

On her new music there is a pristine production standard and on some tracks a stunning 16 piece string section to accompany the no-holds-barred Irish singer and her impressive voice. All tracks were mixed by Grammy Award winner Ruadhri Cushnan and produced by Cian Boylan and Conor Brady.  

Danna Bissett is about to release her debut single ‘Get Down’, an unapologetic statement to everyone to let go of insecurities and be free embracing your authentic self, on Fri Oct 2nd 2020. 

Online Social Media Links:

https://www.instagram.com/donnabissettmusic/

https://www.facebook.com/donnabissettmusic-105933734167526

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Áine Tyrrell Delivers Truth About Irish/Australian Connection With Spoken Word and Prose ‘We Call You Now’ 

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In a year where identity and the questioning of cultural history has never been more important, Irish singer-songwriter, Áine Tyrrell, now based in Australia, adds to the rich tapestry of the International debate with her new single ‘We Call You Now’, looking at our responsibility as a nation to our Native and Indigenous peoples through the lens of her own ancestry and lived experience in Ireland and Australia. 
 
A seven-and-a-half minute spoken word tome which brings passion and nuance, anger and love, ‘We Call You Now’ features the vocals of Groote Eylandt singer Emily Wurramara, with the two artists coming together virtually to create this powerful statement in music and prose. 
 
“I am an Irish woman who has been shaped by my own colonised history,” said Tyrrell. “There are things that jarred me from my first day living in ‘so-called Australia’ in trying to understand the Australian identity and as I dug deeper I found a cesspool of disturbing colonised narratives around Indigenous culture. In emigrating here, I experienced racism implicit and explicit about my Irishness that is so ingrained in the Australian psyche that it goes unnoticed by many, but I recognise it. It is colonisation.” 
 
Invited to be part of the conversation more publicly in the Black Lives Matter protest on Bundjalung Country, Tyrrell received a backlash from many Australians who also claim Irish heritage. A narrative amongst them uses Ireland’s own colonial past to derail the important conversation being had around the rights and treatment of Australia’s First Nations people. 
 
“I refuse to be quiet about people using my Irish identity in this way,” said Tyrrell. “I felt it was my duty as an Irish woman living in Australia to demand that no one uses their Irish identity as a way of perpetuating racism.” 
 
The experience pushed Tyrrell to a creative place she had not visited before, turning to spoken word and prose for the first time. Writing with fury and truth, she was urged by First Nations collaborators to release it immediately as a call to Irish Australians to gather around the fire and listen to their lived experience. 
 
Over her ten years in Australia, Áine Tyrrell has added much to Australia’s music scene, becoming a regular at the likes of the Woodford Folk Festival, a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, undertaking a national tour ‘Exile: The Irish Australian Story’ in 2017 and most recently a sold-out tour of ‘Country Witches Association’, a feminist reimagining of a CWA meeting which was set to launch internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year until the onset of COVID-19. 
 
The power and energy of Tyrrell’s live performances are matched with her recorded output, with ‘We Call You Now’ adding a powerful chapter in a career book being written on her own terms, with a legacy that will live on in Australia’s national conversation. 
 
 
 
WATCH ‘WE CALL YOU NOW’ BELOW.